Think about these factors before you start planning your seasonal celebration.

By Erin Lindholm
December 11, 2018

There are many great reasons to choose a wedding date around the holidays; everyone is in a festive, celebratory mood, you love the spirit of holidays, and you and your fiancé may have some extra time off from work that can be used for wedding prep or additional honeymoon days. While these are all completely legitimate reasons to getting married during the most wonderful time of year, there are a few surprise about a wedding taking place over the winter holidays that you should consider, too.

You're not the only people sizing up potential venues and vendors.

While you'll be competing with other couples to book venues and vendors during wedding season, you have a whole new group of people who want the same spaces and pros as you do during the winter. Event spaces and vendors (especially planners, caterers, and audio/visual pros) are in high demand during the month of December as everyone is planning annual holiday get-togethers. Even if you're prepared to book a venue a year in advance, a long-time client may have standing reservations for a specific day and time. Also, prime weekend dates and New Year's Eve are often associated with significantly higher rates. The bottom line: Be patient, be flexible, get creative, and, if all else fails, remember that there's surely more availability just after the holiday season in January and February.

You may get more RSVPs than you anticipated.

You and your fiancé aren't the only ones who have a few extra days off to enjoy the holiday season or who have PTO days to use by December 31. If you're planning a destination wedding or otherwise getting married in a vacation-worthy locale, it's quite possible that a greater percentage of family and friends from afar will RSVP yes, building out an extended vacation stay around your wedding date. Likewise, if you're getting married in your hometown, there's a good chance that your longtime friends may also be home for the holidays and will be more readily able to attend regardless of where they live now. Rather than stress about numbers, embrace the attitude of the more the merrier.

Travel costs will be higher for your guests.

While it sounds (and is) quite festive and romantic to get married during the holidays, those last weeks of December are also some of the busiest ones for travel, which means airfare can be hundreds of dollars higher than usual. Depending on where you're getting married, hotel room rates may be up, too-even after the price break from your room block. There's also the possibility of severe winter storms wreacking havoc on airports, causing massive flight cancellations and delays, and even making driving conditions treacherous.

Your friends may not be able to be part of the wedding party.

As a December bride, you may have to come to terms with the fact that one or more of your best friends can't join your bridal party or make it to your wedding because of an important family gathering that takes precedent. If such a situation arises, try your best not to get upset. Instead, take a moment to be thankful for how much love and happiness there is in your best friend's life-that's the spirit of the holidays.


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